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Co-opted governors:

Nicola Darlington
Originally from Tamworth, Staffordshire, I have lived in Basford for 20 years.. My children, now both in their teens, attended Whitemoor Academy.  I work part-time at the University of Nottingham as a librarian.  I also help run the parent and toddler group, community café and children’s club at Basford Road Baptist Church.
Area of responsibility: Achievement of Pupils and member of the Resources Committee
Appointed on: 13/12/2018
Term of office ends: 12/12/2022
Employment: University of Nottingham Librarian (collections), supporting libraries in Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences and Science 


Ashley Hurford
Since my return to Nottingham 4 years ago, having previously attending University in the city, I have
established permanent roots with my family in Nottingham. We love the location, and all that the
surrounding area offers and wanted to give back to the community. Being a school governor is an exciting opportunity. As a mother I feel I could offer a school my knowledge and experience both as a parent and as a health care professional. Throughout the challenging time of Covid-19, I have experienced first-hand the struggles faced as a parent and as a professional. I feel that that has influenced my decision to support an
exciting and challenging opportunity.
I have a wealth of experience to offer as I have seen first-hand, as a children's nurse,
how by engaging with schools you can support the dedicated staff and ensure a child has an
education that is uniquely appropriate for them. I believe that through education families and
support staff can work together to enable all children regardless of ability an inclusive education.
Area of responsibility: TBA
Appointed on: 01/09/2021
Term of office ends: 31/08/2025
Employment: Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing



Elaine Fox 

In my role as Corporate Policy and Performance Officer for Nottingham City Council, in which I analyse Government policy for the Council’s leadership, two of the policy areas for which I am responsible are children’s services and education. This means I have a good understanding of Government plans and requirements relating to schools and the wider children’s agenda, including early years and social care, as well as the Council’s own work in this area. I feel it is important for governors to have a visible presence in school and this also ensures governors know the children and see how the school operates, something which cannot be gleaned purely from attending meetings outside school hours.

In my former role at the Council I had regular briefings with the Portfolio Holder for Education and continue to produce briefings for him on educational matters when requested, for example most recently on the implications of the proposed ‘Education for All’ Bill and its subsequent cancellation.  As part of my current role I wrote the City Council’s official response to the ‘Schools that work for everyone’ consultation and I also produce quarterly reports on the Council’s performance against its targets in education and children’s services.  Until 12 months ago I attended the Education Improvement Board in a supporting role which included producing briefings for the Board and undertaking research tasks. I meet at least twice a year with the Director of Education to discuss the local education context for Nottingham. Aside from education matters I produce and present an annual report to the Council’s Audit Committee regarding the governance arrangements of its most significant partnerships, including verifying the governance documents of three partnerships each year along with input from our Internal Audit team. This gives me valuable insight into good governance practices and other audit processes.

Having lived in Nottingham since the age of six, including staying for university, I am passionate about the city. I am also keen to ensure everyone receives a quality education and I want to see all children, especially those in more deprived areas achieve their full potential. I am a firm believer in lifelong education so feel it is vital that children are instilled with an enjoyment of learning from a young age which they can carry with them into adulthood. I enjoy being a school governor because it feels like we are making a difference to the educational provision of the children in our school and to the lives of our young people. I see the role of a governor as an important part of making sure schools are held to account, whilst also supporting the head teacher and leadership team to run the school in what is an increasingly difficult role.

Area of responsibility: TBA

Appointed on: 15/10/2021

Term of office ends: 14/10/2025

Employment: Policy Officer, Corporate Policy Team, Nottingham City Council (analysing Government policy for the Corporate Leadership Team and Executive Councillors)

Parent governors:
Vacancy x2

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Staff governors:
Laura Di Martino
Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management
Appointed on: 01/09/2018
Term of office ends: N/A
Employment: Headteacher


Nathan Shipston
Area of responsibility: TBA
Appointed on: 28/09/2021
Term of office ends: 27/09/2025
Employment: Teacher 



Rachael Fletcher
Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management
Appointed on: Start of each academic year 

Term of office ends: At the end of each academic year 
Employment: Deputy Headteacher


Rob Lord
Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management
Appointed on: Start of each academic year 

Term of office ends: At the end of each academic year 
Employment: Deputy Headteacher

Retired governors:


Kevin Bennett
Appointed on: 01/11/2019
Term of office ended: 22/03/2022


Claire Calladine 
Appointed on: 09/11/2017
Term of office ended: 08/11/2021


Chantelle Miller
Appointed on: 09/11/2017
Term of office ended: 08/11/2021


Emma Owen
Appointed on: 09/11/2017
Term of office ends: 31/08/2021